Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $71,478)
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) allows states and units of local government, including tribes, to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own state and local needs and conditions. Grant funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice, including for any one or more of the following program areas: 1) law enforcement programs; 2) prosecution and court programs; 3) prevention and education programs; 4) corrections and community corrections programs; 5) drug treatment and enforcement programs; 6) planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and 7) crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation).
The city of Wilmington and New Hanover County have been identified as disparate and have agreed to share the aggregate of 2015 JAG funds allocated to them for a joint project to replace electrical wiring for the police helicopter. The aviation unit is a partnership of local law enforcement agencies in southeastern North Carolina including both the City of Wilmington Police Department and the New Hanover County Sheriffs Department. The helicopter is a 1968 military surplus aircraft that still has the original wiring and JAG funds will allow continued usage of the helicopter for law enforcement purposes.